2009-10-30 / Letters

There's a Price for Freedom

Dear Editor,

Does crime pay? To some it does. I heard a guy actually say that he should commit a petty crime so he can get his teeth fixed.

Yes, in jail it's free. Out here, it's a struggle for some people to get health care coverage and they can't afford the clinic visits.

While my ex-husband did time, he got his teeth fixed, with free partials. He also got eye examinations with a free pair of glasses, and he received his medications for free.

We got married for free and we got a divorce for free because he was in prison. If he was home, we would have had to pay marriage fees, for the license, etc. We would also have had to pay for a divorce.

You also get to obtain degrees for free, whereas others have to pay for classes or take out student loans if they can't afford tuition.

DNA testing is expensive. There are mothers out there who want to prove who their child's father is and there are men who won't take responsibility until they know for sure that they are the father of a child. When they can't afford the test and are trying to save up, the child suffers months and even years of being raised by a single parent. Hey, no problem if you murdered somebody and are locked up for life, you can get it for free.

There's a fine price for freedom.

CYNTHIA SMALLS-WILLIAMS

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I may be a bit confused. Most married people know who the father of their child is.


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